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French Quarter Festival

French Quarter FestivalFor thirty years the French Quarter Festival has brought local music to dozens of stages set in the historic Vieux Carre. It’s a favorite festival of locals, and it draws audiences from all over the country.

Best of al, it's free.  In fact, it’s one of the largest free festival in the country.  More than 500,000 people attend the four-day event every year.

2014 French Quarter Festival

The 2014 French Quarter Fest is Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13 and will feature more than 800 local musicians on stages across the French Quarter. From these stages, you’ll hear all kinds of music, like jazz, blues, zydeco, Latin, Cajun, rock and more.

The 2014 headliners include talented musicians and groups like Dr. John, Bonerama, Amanda Shaw, Brass-A-Holics, and Jeremy Davenport, to name a few.

It’s also a New Orleans foodies dream come true. In addition to the music, there will be dozens of New Orleans’s best restaurants setting up stands and serving their favorite dishes and drinks across the French Quarter.  Restaurants include Antoine’s, the Bombay Club, Court of Two Sisters and GW Finns.

There will be a number of free special events and two kids areas to keep the younger ones busy. When you're not eating or dancing by the stage, take a free tour of a garden or courtyard in one of the many French Quarter homes that will be opening their doors for the day.

If that’s not enough, there will be fireworks over the Mississippi River that are guaranteed to make you whole family cheer.

For more details, check out the official French Quarter Fest website.